A Newcastle fans group has called for ‘a professional Board of Directors’ to be appointed to run the club properly, wich would guard against the latest disaster to hit Newcastle United.
With relegation now confirmed, the NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) have said in a statement that they question fo whose benefit the club is being run.
The Mike Ashley way of doing things has led to an ‘inevitable’ second relegation under the owner only seven years after his previous one, however this demotion was ‘completely avoidable’ according to NUST, if Newcastle United was put on a proper footing instead of continuing the ‘years of chronic mismanagement’.
As NUST point out, despite being an organisation elected by fellow supporters, they were removed from the club’s official Fans Forum for daring to question the management of the club.
Instead of allowing fans to pick who they want to represent them on the Fans Forum, the club choose to hand pick who they want to include.
This means that supporters who do volunteer to be part of the Fans Forum are instantly in a weak position as it is the club picking them, not fellow fans.
Recent times have seen the Newcastle United Fans Forum members take matters into their own hands in exasperation at the manipulation by the club and released a number of public statements.
The latest one released on Thursday, had messages for both Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez in the wake of relegation and you can read it here.
‘Like all fans of Newcastle United Football Club we are dismayed about the club’s relegation from the Premier League. Sadly this was all too inevitable in our opinion.
In 2013 NUST were banned from the Fans’ Forum for daring to call into question the management of Newcastle United Football Club and its apparent lack of ambition. The issues we raised with the club at that time still remain unanswered and after years of chronic mismanagement the club has been once more relegated from the Premier League.
We consider that this relegation was completely avoidable and we are left once again to question whether or not OUR club is being run for the benefit of Newcastle United and its supporters or simply for a businessman who now admits he regrets ‘getting into football’.
and we urge all fans to now demand more. We must seek a positive change that will lead to this great club back into the Premier League as a force to be reckoned with.’
We applaud Rafa Benitez for his valiant attempts to save the club from relegation and NUST call upon the owner and Managing Director to make every effort to ensure Rafa Benitez remains at the club and is provided the same level of financial commitment given, belatedly, to Steve McClaren.
This will inevitably mean the current ‘governance’ of the club being overhauled from top to bottom and more control being given to Rafa, the introduction of a professional Board of Directors with experience of successfully running a football club and added supporter representation at Board level.’